8. Midsommar (2019)
Directed by Ari Aster
Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, and Will Poulter
Fast forward ten years and we have another horror movie exploring a soon-to-be-fractured relationship, though with a significantly different tone than Antichrist. Ari Aster is nothing if not noteworthy for his ability to provoke with each of his films, all dealing with serious and complicated issues in surprisingly shocking manners. Midsommar is no exception, using the holiday as the backdrop for this dark, strangely comedic, and incredibly disturbing romance drama.
Starring Florence Pugh of Little Women and Black Widow, Midsommar follows Dani, a college student with PTSD and severe depression after a family tragedy. To recover and possibly reconnect with her distant boyfriend, she accompanies him and his friends to a midsummer celebration in a Swedish village, who have their own unique way to celebrate, much to her horror and our delight.
Despite its heavy subject matter, this is perhaps one of the more accessible entries here and that is mainly due to its lovely production design, beautiful cinematography, and a bizarre sense of closure when it comes to dealing with toxic relationships. This is definitely not a movie made to make men look good and if you’re down with that, give this a go!